Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Dangers of Tobacco Control

I find it refreshing to read something, once in a while, on the politically incorrect side of the issue when it comes to tobacco. Kudos to the Washington Post. for today's non- pc commentary.


At 11:34 AM, Blogger Heraldo said...

They are right that an abstinence-only approach generally does not work, whether for sex or drugs. But chewing tobacco is not necessarily "safe;” cancer of the lips and gum are connected with such use of tobacco.

At 12:09 PM, Blogger Jeff said...

I'm in the midst of my 4th day of my latest attempt to quit smoking again. I don't want an alternative delivery system. I want to be free of the albatross of tobacco and nicotine.

Alcabes article is weak. The research he refers to by Phillips was funded by "The makers of Copenhagen and Skoal chewing tobacco...", which doesn't negate it's validity, but does bring it under suspicion.

This article shows research consisting of doing google searches and showing that smokeless tobacco gets a bad rap from health organizations. It appears that Phillips is being bankrolled by the chewing tobacco company to push for a harm reduction approach to quitting smoking that involves the promotion of chewing tobacco.

This report is a bit more meaningful. A harm reduction approach that includes switching to chewing could reduce death and illness. But it still irks me that it's being pushed by chewing tobacco companies.

Guy to girl with black eyes and swollen lips: Hey, your husband beats you everyday. Run away with me. I'll only beat you on Tuesdays and Sundays.

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